Call for Papers
Information Processing & ManagementSpecial Issue on Digital Libraries in theContext of Users Work and Interests
Surprisingly little of the work on understanding information seeking and the design of digital libraries has
taken much account of the background of the users or the context within which they are working. It has
recently been noted (e.g. ) that there is little interaction between those who study information seeking and
information retrieval. The challenge is arguably greater than this: there is additionally a need to understand
how digital libraries (and related information sources) are used and also how such systems fit into peoples
broader work tasks. Without such an understanding, it is a matter of chance as to whether new systems
actually meet the needs of their users or not.Contributions to this special issue should address either the design of digital libraries as it relates to users
context, or information seeking and use in context as it relates to digital libraries. More broadly, papers are
solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
Integration of digital library infrastructure with systems that support other work tasks, e.g. writing;structuring information; problem diagnosis; annotation.
Domain-specific studies of information use in context (e.g. in health, law, humanities, education, etc.) thatcan inform design.
Design of digital libraries or digital library components that support particular user needs. Usability studies that account for broader work tasks.
Submissions should follow the format specified on the Elsevier Author Gateway IP&M Guide for Authors:
http://authors.elsevier.com/GuideForAuthors.html?PubID=244&dc=GFAand should bemade online through
the Elsevier Editorial System http://ees.elsevier.com/ipm/.
All submissions will be acknowledged and then refereed by at least 2 peer reviewers. Authors should
indicate that the submission is intended for the special issue on digital libraries in the context of users workand interests, in both the online submission process and the accompanying cover letter.
October 20, 2006: Deadline for submission of papers. January 26, 2007: Notification to authors. March 30, 2007: Deadline for submission of revised papers.
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Ann Blandford, Sally Jo Cunningham & Jeremy Gow
UCL Interaction Centre
University College London
3132 Alfred Place
London WC1E 7DP
UKE-maill address: a.blandford, email@example.com
 Kuhlthau, C. (2005). Towards collaboration between information seeking and information retrieval. Information Research, 10(2).
Available from http://informationr.net/ir/10-2/paper225.html.
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